Ireland Votes Yes

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It was a historic weekend in Ireland, as the public voted a big YES to marriage equality on Friday. Marking it as the first country to vote in marriage equality by a public vote, it was a huge weekend in Dublin. The city turned into a giant street celebration, and the buzz was just incredible.

There was happy people in every corner of the city and you couldn’t help but get emotional. The hashtag of #cominghometovote had me literally in tears. I snuck away for a few hours on Saturday to explore the “rainbow rhododendron” just about a half hour north of the city where I was stunned by the beauty and brightness of the flowers. My heart got big and full and it’s just been such a wonderful time to be in Ireland.

Sights to see in Donegal

Slieve League Cliffs, Co. Donegal, Ireland

I mentioned a while ago a trip to Donegal (a northern county in Ireland) and that I’d share a few photos with you guys. Sorry it’s taken me a while to get my act together, but finally I have some green to share with you. I promise I’ll limit the lamb photos to as few as I can, they were just so cute.

Since moving to Ireland and working full-time, I haven’t really gotten to travel around the country as much as I used to when I was studying here. I know it’s just an excuse, but most of the time by the time Friday rolls around I’m exhausted and just want to hang out around the house. Thankfully anytime I have visitors I’m prompted to go someplace new (thanks Jess & Eric for coming and discovering Kinsale!) and every time we get to some place new around the country, I am hit with how pretty this country is. Considering I don’t plan on being in Ireland for too much longer, I really have to start taking advantage of living here and getting to explore around as best we can.

I’d been to Donegal only once before in 2011 while studying abroad in Galway, with around 10 girls who were on our study abroad program. We had a great time, but only went for a night and had a great time, but without a car we were limited to the small town we stayed in. So I was itching to get back to the county to see the highest sea cliffs in Europe and spend a little more time driving around the coast.

Muckross Head, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Muckross Head, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Muckross Head, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Muckross Head, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Muckross Head, Co. Donegal, Ireland

We drove off from Dublin on a Friday afternoon and drove the long (about four or so hours, that’s long for Ireland) trip to Donegal. We were staying at a cute B&B located a short walk from Muckross Head which is pictured above. It was pretty cold here and the wind was so intense, but with the evening light the place just shone.

Slieve League Cliffs, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Slieve League Cliffs, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Slieve League Cliffs, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Just before it started getting dark, we quickly drove over to the Slieve League Cliffs. It’s so difficult to tell the scale here, but these cliffs are gigantic. The drive up is pretty much a vertical incline the whole way. I could hardly get the cliffs to fit in my camera lens and this was only the base that you could climb up to the summit. The Cliffs of Moher get a lot of press in Ireland, but these ones in Donegal are seriously impressive. We spent some time walking around, then stopped for a pint in an extremely old pub (sure why not) and drove around for about two hours trying to find a place that was open for dinner.

Slieve League Cliffs, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Slieve League Cliffs, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Ardara Waterfall, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Mt Errigal, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Mt Errigal, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Fanad Head, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Fanad Head, Co. Donegal, Ireland

The next day we woke up to a delicious Irish breakfast, but pouring down rain and intense wind. Not ideal weather to be driving up the coast, but we made the best of it and braved the stormy conditions anyway. We drove back to the cliffs (I was hoping to hike up to the summit, but we made it up such a small amount).

With a few destinations in mind, we decided just to drive along and see where we ended up as Donegal does have wonderful scenery along the way. Unfortunately as it’s not yet summer, a lot of places were closed or just really empty and a little sad. But we reached a beautiful waterfall, drove past brave souls preparing to hike the tallest peak in Donegal, met some cows roaming in the field, tried to take the perfect photo of Fanad Lighthouse (which sadly was under construction) and saw the most out of the way pubs you ever could see.

I can’t wait to come back here again, but I would wait until the summer months to get the best this county can offer. Hopefully next time we’ll get a little more sunshine and some greenery.

Let’s Rewind

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Are you there, Internet? It’s me, Jessica. I’ve been a pretty crummy blogger the past few months, gang, and for that I am sorry. My blogging break wasn’t really planned and it certainly wasn’t intentional. Nothing crazy has changed in my life. I’m still working full-time and doing some freelance projects (because I’m an addict), still attempting to be vegan before 6 p.m. on weeekdays and still hanging with Darwin and his plethora of girlfriends. But what I think I need, and have been needing, is a little more time. Time away from the computer and all the black holes it brings with it. Time to finish freelance work for the night and read a book before bed. Time to spend 20 extra minutes outside or to go to a Mets game without being stressed about what I am–or am not–posting.

I do miss exploring the far corners of the Internet, though, and I’ve been wanting to share some things with you (like this article about rescue dogs that made me cry and this awesome company that’s displaying stunning pictures of New York all over the Chelsea Market right now). But I think I need to be spending more of my days out in the real world and less of them online right now. I’d still love to pop in every now and again to share things with you (and Lucy’s been doing the same because she’s super-awesome) but I think that’s all I can do for now, and I hope that’s okay.

*Pictures from the last month include shots from our trip to Austin, my very first trail race (with my running partner-in-crime, Julie), a work field trip to the set of The Kitchen and some scenes from this spring in Brooklyn. It’s been so gorgeous here lately, and I can’t get enough after this winter. Here’s hoping you’re all out exploring the world a little more, too!

Mid-week links

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Photo via Flickr

Hi friends! I cannot believe it’s already Wednesday. Monday was a public holiday here in Ireland so my week is just flying by. We spent the long weekend in Donegal, a county in the Northwest of Ireland, and I had only been there once before. It was just gorgeous (photos to come later this week) but adjusting back to “city life” has me feeling a little rough.

I want to share some of the fine things I’ve been finding around the interwebs, which might keep you company over lunch or whenever you have a break today to check out.

Oh you pretty things

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I’ve been loving Pinterest lately for a very different reason than normal. For work I’m working on a cool branding project, which will involve a (hopefully) lovely packaging design. So I’ve been obsessing over beauty packaging, nice type and simple, clean design.

So I won’t share all my nerdy packaging inspiration (unless you’re interested in that kind of thing) but it’s totally reinvigorated my love of Pinterest and I have lots to share that I love and need. When you’re not coveting other people’s homes, parties, hair, beauty, etc. etc. it can be refreshing to just flick through looking for some inspiration. Here’s a few lovely things I’ve seen recently:

P.S. This song is now on repeat in my head ;)

Spring tunes

Spring tunes from lucyremitz on 8tracks Radio.

 Happy Friday good people!

We’ve had a week of splendid weather in Dublin but unfortunately it’s supposed to rain all weekend. So in work it’s been sunny outside but now when everyone is off the weather will be awful. Isn’t that the way it goes? Apparently on Monday it could snow! This weather man. The world I swear is gonna end soon.

Anyway, I’ve put together a few spring tunes so even if the weather is less than ideal, we can sit inside and pretend. But hopefully wherever you are it’s pleasantly warm and sunny, and you can sit outside listening to some happy tunes.

Have a great weekend!